The round six Ford Trophy match between Northern Districts and Canterbury played at Cobham Oval in Whangarei was abandoned due to rain.
Earlier in the day Northern Districts Captain Dean Brownlie elected to bat first in a match that had been reduced to 34 overs per side due to inclement weather. All top six batsman contributed as Northern Districts posted an impressive 247 off their allotted overs. Northern Districts started aggressively with wicket keeper Tim Seifert (30) and number three Nick Kelly leading the charge. After Nick Kelly was dismissed for 59 off the bowling of Tim Johnston, BJ Watling continued the momentum with a brisk 51 off 52 balls. Dean Brownlie blasted 37 off 24 balls and combined with Daryl Mitchell 23 off 10 balls as Northern Districts surged in the final overs of their innings. It was a tough day out for the Canterbury bowlers as all bowlers were expensive including BLACKCAPS Matt Henry and Todd Astle who picked up one wicket a piece.
After 1.5 overs into Canterbury's chase the rain returned and the match was abandoned. Both teams awarded two competition points.
Northern Districts remain in third place on the Ford Trophy table with 14 points after six rounds. They now face Otago in the next round of the Ford Trophy on the 7th of February at University Oval in Dunedin.Article Courtesy of Adam Bell on behalf of NDCA.